In last week’s blog post, I introduced the idea of implementing strategic concepts, which is a short-hand way of thinking of bigger ideas. It’s a shortcut that doesn’t short-cut the results.
There are at least 10 of these strategic concepts that I regularly refer to, but we’ll unpack just a couple of these in this series.
Advanced Strategic Concept #1: “Kaizen”
Definition: “Continuous slow improvement.” That’s the rough translation of “kaizen” in Japanese. What I teach in coaching is the idea of making continuous improvement over time, no matter how small. It’s all about you moving in the right direction.
Application to your ministry: When someone joins our coaching network, we tell them not to try doing everything at once. Ask yourself, “In what areas of my life and ministry can I make a 1% improvement every week?” For example, if your area for improvement is Assimilation, can you start writing handwritten notes to first-time guests?
Process for Kaizen:
1.) Identify where you are now. Start with some data.
2.) Identify where you want to be. Adjust it to be reasonable.
3.) Measure your goal.
4.) Create your plan for continuous improvement
Be sure to check back next week when I share a second strategic concept.
Your partner in ministry,
P.S. – To learn more on Strategic Concepts, click here to check out my resource on the subject.
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